Hi Indies, Readers & Bloggers,
I know I’ve been MIA for awhile and I apologize for that – and for the fact that it’s going to be a little while longer yet.
To better understand the situation, you’d have to know me and my bone-deep refusal to see a doctor unless it’s absolutely necessary. I always try an alternative route, like changing diet, exercise, taking vitamins, etc. to correct a problem, rather than rushing for the prescription drugs and ER – I hate both.
I’ve been suffering from increasing joint swelling, pain and weakness in my hands and wrists for years. My doctor wanted to send me to a Rheumatoid Arthritis specialist and I ran for the hills as fast as I could. I wasn’t even 40 at that time. There was no way in hell my hands were becoming useless; I’m a writer! A writer in deep denial. I wanted to go back to taking piano lessons, this couldn’t be happening…
After trying everything from chiropractor appointments, buying new pillows and blaming poor ergonomic practices (lazy posture) – I was in urgent care this past week with no blood circulation in my left hand and a walnut-sized lump protruding from my forearm.
The lump, which was the scariest part, ended up being severe muscle swelling and I will take that any day over the blood clot my doc thought it might be.
Turns out I’ve been suffering from Tendinitis in both arms all this time. While that’s no picnic, it’s a much better prognosis in the grand scheme, because it’s curable. It will heal on it’s own with rest, icing and strength-building exercises. Surgery is another option, but would be the last resort and I hope I don’t have to take it – so, to avoid that, this will probably be my last blog post for awhile. I may not be able to get my next book out before the end of the year as I’d hoped, either, because I don’t write the kind of stories I can voice aloud with a Talk-to-Text program – unless I had a soundproof room! LOL I don’t want to send my kids to therapy, honest.
I will still be here to read and repost, share and support. And on the bright side, this might allow me to put a good dent in my TBR list! 😀 And, of course, as soon as I’m back 100% you’ll all be the first to know. I have so much to share with you already – Indie Resource posts that are already underway – and it’s frustrating having to put it off. Unfortunately, all I do is type for my day job and I can’t quit that, so not writing at all during my off time is the only concession I can make to heal as fast as possible.
The moral of this story is, don’t be a stubborn ass like me when it comes to seeking medical attention and also, take care of yourself. I’m guilty of getting caught up in the rat race, writing endlessly to get the next book out, doing whatever it takes to stay relevant – but sometimes, we just need to rest.
♥ This post was brought to you while wearing thumb-splint braces on my hands. It’s like an old man being forced to use a computer against his will – one letter at a time. 😂 I’m sure that visual got a laugh out of at least one of you. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!